IRAN WATCH CANADA

Thursday, April 18, 2019

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/18/iran-release-
anti-compulsory-hijab-activists-0

For Immediate Release 

Iran: Release Anti-Compulsory Hijab Activists
Prison Sentences on Vague Morality Charges 

(Beirut, April 18, 2019) – Iranian authorities should release and quash the convictions of all activists who have been prosecuted for peacefully protesting the country’s compulsory hijab laws, Human Rights Watch said today. In the past week, the authorities arrested two activists – a mother and daughter – for protesting compulsory hijab laws.

Iranian officials have prosecuted at least half a dozen activists for their peaceful opposition to compulsory hijab laws. On March 2, 2019, a court in Tehran sentenced Vida Mohavedi – who sparked a movement when she took off her headscarf to protest compulsory hijab on December 27, 2017 – to a year in prison, her lawyer told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on April 14. On April 10, police arrested Yasaman Ariyani, a 23-year-old activist, at her home in Karaj, a source told Human Rights Watch. On April 11, the source said, authorities also arrested Ariyani’s mother, Monireh Arabshahi, when she went to the prosecutor’s office in Tehran to ask about her daughter.

“It is ridiculous that the Iranian authorities are arresting and prosecuting women for protesting against discriminatory dress code laws,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should immediately release these women’s rights activists and reform these outmoded and discriminatory laws.”

In December 2017 and January 2018, several women took their headscarves off while standing on electric utility boxes across the country to protest the law that requires that all women cover their hair. They became known as “the Girls of Revolution Street” and since then women have continued to protest the law across the country. The authorities have responded with arrests and prosecutions.

Ariyani has been active in the White Wednesday Campaign, a social media initiative by Masih Alinejad, a Brooklyn-based activist who opposes compulsory hijab in Iran, and has been the target of state-sponsored smear campaigns. The source said that an official at the prosecutor’s office told Ariyani that her arrest stemmed from a protest on International Women’s Day, March 8, when she and her mother gave flowers to women wearing the chador, a full black robe, to encourage solidarity against compulsory hijab. She had earlier been arrested during a protest against Iran’s deteriorating economic situation on August 2, 2018 in Tehran and spent several months in prison.

Mohaved became the iconic woman of the “Girls of Revolution Street” after her first arrest over her December 27, 2017 protest. She was arrested again on October 29, 2018 after she stood without her headscarf holding balloons on Enghelab square in Tehran. Branch 1109 of Tehran’s [Islamic] Guidance Judicial Complex, which adjudicates crimes against public morals, sentenced Movahedi to a year in detention for encouraging corruption and prostitution during her October 2018 protest, her lawyer said on April 14.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Iran , A Lawyer Is Sentenced To 10 Years Imprisonment......

News from Iran ......


Picture shows Mr. Najafi with Satar Behest's Mom 
Satar Behest a worker and blogger died inside the prison


According to official IRNA news agency , lawyer Mohammad Najafi is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and his conviction is confirmed by court of appeal in central province.

Mr. Najafi was earlier sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for " making propaganda for the opposition groups ، insulting the leader and collaboration with enemy countries by making interviews " . His sentence later was reduced to 10 years.
One of the allegation against Mr. Najafi is that , Mr. Najafi informed public about the death of Vahid Heydari a political prisoners of Arak city prison in the  latest uprising which brought people from 80 cities into the streets of Iran. Based off the official judiciary information , Mr. Heydari have committed suicide inside the prison.


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Saturday, April 13, 2019


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

160,000 have signed the Petition Of " The National French Lawyers Association " in Support Of Nasrin Sotoudeh ,The Iranian Lawyer And Human Rights Advocate.....

News ......

The open letter of the French Lawyers Association in defence of Nasrin Sotoudeh reached to 160,000 signature.

This open letter which is written by the National French Lawyer Association to Emanuel Macron the president of France condemned the sentencing of 33 years of imprisonment and 148 lashes for Nasrin Sotoudeh by the Islamic Regime in Iran .

The National Association Of French Lawyers demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Nasrin Sotoudeh from prison...

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Monday, March 11, 2019

ran: Decades-Long Sentence for Women’s Rights Defender

Draconian Sentence for Well-Known Activist


(Beirut, March 12, 2019) – The Iranian judiciary’s
draconian sentence for a prominent human rights
lawyer is an appalling travesty of justice, Human
Rights Watch said today. Branch 28 of Tehran’s
revolutionary court has reportedly sentenced
Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been in prison since
June 2018 serving a 5-year sentence, to an
additional 33 years in prison and 148 lashes
for her peaceful human rights activism.
On March 11, 2019, Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s
husband, told Human Rights Watch that authorities
formally communicated that they had added an
additional 33 years in prison and 148 lashes to
Sotoudeh’s existing sentence.
https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/12/iran-decades-long-
sentence-womens-rights-defender

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 
PRESS RELEASE
11 March 2019 
Iran: Shocking 33-year prison term and 148 lashes for women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh


The sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in a new case against her is an outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International today. 
The sentence, reported on her husband Reza Khandan’s Facebook page, brings her total sentence after two grossly unfair trials to 38 years in prison. In September 2016, she had been sentenced in her absence to five years in prison in a separate case.
“It is absolutely shocking that Nasrin Sotoudeh is facing nearly four decades in jail and 148 lashes for her peaceful human rights work, including her defence of women protesting against Iran’s degrading forced hijab (veiling) laws. Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and this obscene sentence quashed without delay,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director. 
“Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending women’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty - it is utterly outrageous that Iran’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work. Her conviction and sentence consolidate Iran’s reputation as a cruel oppressor of women’s rights.”
This is the harshest sentence Amnesty International has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years, suggesting that the authorities – emboldened by pervasive impunity for human rights violations – are stepping up their repression.
Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home on 13 June 2018. This week, she was informed by the office for the implementation of sentences in Tehran’s Evin prison where she is jailed that she had been convicted on seven charges and sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes. The charges, which are in response to her peaceful human rights work, include “inciting corruption and prostitution”, “openly committing a sinful act by... appearing in public without a hijab” and “disrupting public order”. 
During her sentencing, Article 134 of Iran’s Penal Code was applied, which allows judges to use their discretion to impose a higher sentence than the maximum statutory requirement when a defendant faces more than three charges. In Nasrin Sotoudeh’s case, the judge, Mohammad Moghiseh, applied the maximum statutory sentence for each of her seven charges and then added another four years to her total prison term, raising it from the statutory maximum of 29 to 33 years.
“Jailing a human rights defender for her peaceful activities is abhorrent but the fact that the judge in Nasrin Sotoudeh’s case used his discretion to ensure that she stays locked up for more than is required under Iranian law compounds the outrageous injustice of her sentence,” said Philip Luther.
“Governments with influence over Iran should use their power to push for Nasrin Sotoudeh’s release. The international community, notably the European Union, which has an ongoing dialogue with Iran, must take a strong public stand against this disgraceful conviction and urgently intervene to ensure that she is released immediately and unconditionally.” 
Today, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported that judge Mohammad Moghiseh told journalists that Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to seven years in prison: five years for “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and two years for “insulting the Supreme Leader”. The report did not provide further details or clarify whether the judge was referring to a separate case. If the report was referring to the same case, Amnesty International cannot currently explain why the information appears to contradict that provided to Nasrin Sotoudeh by the office for the implementation of sentences in Evin prison
For more information please contact:  Sara Hashash MENA Media manager at sara.hashash@amnesty.org or out of hours please contact Amnesty International’s press office on press@amnesty.org +44 (0) 203 036 5566

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

For Immediate Release

Iran: Serious Rights Violator to Lead Judiciary 
Ebrahim Raeesi Oversaw Mass Executions in 1988

(Beirut, March 7, 2019) – The appointment of a former judge responsible for mass executions to be head of Iran’s judiciary reflects the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 7, 2019, Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raeesi, who served on a four-person committee that ordered the execution of several thousand political prisoners in 1988, to lead Iran’s judicial branch.

“It’s disturbing and frankly frightening that Ebrahim Raeesi will be overseeing justice and accountability in Iran,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Raeesi should be investigated for grave crimes, rather than investigating them.”

The Iranian authorities extrajudicially executed thousands of political prisoners during the summer of 1988. Most were serving prison sentences for their political activities after unfair trials in revolutionary courts. The authorities have never acknowledged these executions, nor provided any information about the number of prisoners killed.

But in August 2016, the family of Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri, the former deputy supreme leader, who died in 2009, released an audio file online in which he is recorded harshly criticizing the executions in a conversation with the committee that included Raeesi, calling it “the biggest crime in the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us.”

On November 27, 2016, following the release of the audio file Iran’s Special Court of Clergy sentenced Ahmed Montazeri, Montazeri’s son, to 21 years in prison, but subsequently reduced the sentence to six years. The charges included "acting against national security" and "revealing state secrets." Authorities then arrested the younger Montazeri on February 23, 2017 but released him after eight days. Zahra Amleshi Rabbani, Montazeri’s wife, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran that Raeesi, the prosecutor in Iran's Special Court of Clergy, played a role in her husband’s trial and arrest.

Raeesi has had a long career in Iran’s judiciary, an institution that has not acted independently of the government. Human Rights Watch has repeatedly documented abuses by the judiciary against the citizenswhose rights it is supposed to protect. Raeesi served as a first deputy to the judiciary during the crackdown that followed the 2009 presidential elections, in which authorities arrested thousands of activists and protesters, torturing and harassing many and imposing long prison terms after unfair trials.

Raeesi reportedly defended the August 2009 trial of Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, both of whom were sentenced to death in a mass trial on charges of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) for their alleged involvement with armed groups. The authorities executed them on January 28, 2010 without providing any notice to their lawyers or family members. Raeesi insisted that the two men were arrested during the post-election unrest in Tehran even though both had been arrested before the 2009 presidential elections.

“There is no justification for appointing someone who is accused of overseeing mass arbitrary executions to head the judiciary,” Whitson said. “His appointment is a reminder of Iran’s decades-long failure to prosecute rights abusers.”

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/en/middle-eastn-africa/iran

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Monday, March 04, 2019

Khamenei Has Chosen Ebrahim Raisi ( A Murderer ) As The Boss OF The Judiciary Power In Iran ....

News From Iran .....

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the leader of the Islamic regime in Iran has chosen Ebrahim Raisi , one of the infamous judge,  to the top position of the Judiciary Power.


Ebrahim Raisi is known as the mass murderer of the political prisoners during the summer of 1987-88 .

Khamenei has congratulated Raisi for the position.


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